By NEMS Daily Journal
Jack Williams Sr.
CORINTH – Bro. Williams of Corinth died April 20, 2013. He was born in Conway, Ark., on Jan. 8, 1923, and moved to Lexington, Miss., in 1928, where he graduated from high school and attended Mississippi State prior to volunteering for military service.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Corps. After the war he owned and operated an electrical appliance business in Lexington. After answering God’s call to become a minister, he attended Millsaps College, getting his Local Preacher’s License in 1949 and graduating from Millsaps with honors in 1951. His Master of Divinity Degree was earned at Duke Divinity School, Duke University.
Bro. Williams served the following appointments in the former North Mississippi Conference (later the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church): Swiftown-Caile-Morgan City; Goodman First; Tupelo, St. Mark-Oak Hill; Corinth, Gaines Chapel; Marks; Iuka, First-Mt. Evergreen; Pontotoc First; Macon First; Tupelo, St. Luke; Aberdeen First; Mantachie-Shiloh; and Booneville, Liberty. While in Tupelo, he worked as a volunteer with hundreds of men and women at Harbor House of Mooreville in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He was also a member of the first board of directors of the American Family Association, missing only one board meeting in 33 years.
After serving under Methodist Conference appointments for 53 years, he often “filled the pulpit” for various pastors in northeast Mississippi and Tennessee. He said it was “to the glory of God” that he “never experienced burn out” and wanted to preach “until his toes turned up.”
During his years under appointment, he also served on several boards within the conference. He said his most enjoyable conference work was serving for eight years as chairman of the Conference Board of Pensions. During this time, he wrote many articles on pensions, and helped raise several million dollars for pensions. Working with Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company a thorough study was made of pensions in the North Mississippi Conference. The purpose was to fully fund pensions for current and future retired ministers.
Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vetrice Moore Williams. Other survivors include Jack Williams Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Olive Branch, Vetrice Delores Azary and her husband, Doug, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Angela Carol Griffin and her husband, Jason, of Pickwick, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Cheryl Warren Williams and husband, Keith Warren, Brett A. Smith and wife, Leslie Smith, and Greg N. Azary; eight great-grandchildren, T.J. Griffin, Trevor Griffin, Wesley Stricklin, Corey D. Livesay, Andrew K. Warren, Lainey Smith, Alexandria Robinson and Taylor Robinson; and one great-great-grandchild, William Robinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Marvin Williams Sr. and Annie Ruth Reynolds Williams; brothers, Lyman Delbert Williams, Thomas Marvin Williams Jr., and James David Williams; and one sister, Ruth Murphy.
Services for the Rev. Jack Williams Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 23, 2013, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at St. Luke one hour prior to the service. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Greg Williams, Ralph Farr, John Harris, Joe Fowler, Gordon Evans, Ed Cutshall, Alva Dalton, Frank Williams, Leon Cochran and Sherman Wilson.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38804, or to your favorite charity.
TUPELO – Garvin Mitchell Barber, 87, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Sept. 18, 1925, to Will and Eula Barber. He was formerly employed at Truck Center Inc. and in his later years, he was a self-employed roofer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of East Heights Baptist Church, and in his earlier years served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed water skiing, fishing and golfing until his health failed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry King officiating and Bro. Dennis Kizzire assisting. Private burial will be at Lee Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Priscilla King (Jerry) of Starkville and Gerldine Sledge (Elvis) of Clinton; four grandchildren, Mitch King of Jackson, Angie Edge (Kevin) of Senatobia, Haley Sledge of Jackson and Seth Sledge of Clinton; three great-grandchildren, KK, Katch and King Edge of Senatobia; one brother, Marvin Barber of Mooreville; and a special friend and caregiver, Ouida Cunningham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Opal Foote, Odelle Nichols and Gladys Mears; one brother, William Clifton Barber Sr.; and the mother of his children, Elsie Maye Barber.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Joe Mears, W.C. Barber Jr., David Cochran, Charles Ray Barber, Elvis Sledge, Mitch King and Kevin Edge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Seth Sledge, Dr. Rud Robison, D.A. Miller, Harold Richburg and James and Chris Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Montpelier Baptist Church Building Fund, 17740 Perkins Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741 or to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Jean Jones Clardy, 58, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Oct. 16, 1954, in Oktibbeha County to Gloria Tyler Wells and Oneal Jones. She was a waitress working for the Tin Lizzie, Main Street Market, the Windmill and Moore’s restaurants. She was of the Baptist faith. She married Terrell Mannon Clardy on March 19, 1969.
A graveside gathering will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPherson Cemetery with Bro. Jim Sallee officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was entrusted with primary arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Mannon Clardy; two daughters, Angel Brand (Ricky) and Nikki Hightower (Jimmy), all of West Point; six grandchildren, Jessica Parker, Drake Parker, Jacob Hawkins, Matt Brand, Brenna Collier and John Eaves; two sisters, Rose Adkisson of West Point and Renee Wilson of Cedar Bluff; a stepsister, Amy Dees of Columbus; one brother, Dennis Jones of Cedar Bluff.
Friends and family will gather at the graveside at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – James Robert “Bobby” Beane Jr., 76, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born in Plantersville on Feb. 4, 1937, to James Robert Beane Sr. and Nannie Rogers Beane. He graduated from Plantersville High School and attended Mississippi State University. He was a longtime employee of the Beane family business, Mississippi Welding Supply, and later in life, BBQ by Jim. A lifelong member of the Plantersville United Methodist Church, he was a colorful character who loved good conversation and laughter, never met a stranger, and was known for his love of animals and his compassion for others. He was a gifted and accomplished pianist.
A life celebration service will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Beane Family Plot at Plantersville Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Fair officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his special family, Jim Beane (Barbara), Jim Beane II, Jordan Beane (Amber) and Betsy Beane; a special aunt, Wanda Beane of Tupelo; special caregivers, Tammy Wiggins and Helen Stubbs; and his Beane and Rogers cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Danny Beane; a special aunt who helped raise him, Katherine Rogers; and a brother, George Beane Sr.
Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of Mississippi Welding Supply and current employees of BBQ by Jim.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Senior Services – Meals on Wheels, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or the Plantersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Plantersville, MS 38862.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULTON – Helen R. Harrison, 85, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013. She was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Itawamba County to Roy Reese and Winona Leech Reese. She married the love of her life, Joe Harrison, on Oct. 20, 1945. She has held many hard-working jobs over the years with the most passionate of all being the work she performed on the farm, Redlands Farm, with her husband. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend with a contagious smile and a heart of gold. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing canasta on the computer, going to church and church functions, and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home of Fulton with Bro. Bobby Amos and Bro. Chris Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by sons, Andy (Stephanie Byrd) Harrison of Fulton, Midd (Marla) Harrison of Fulton; grandson, Alex Harrison of Memphis; granddaughters, Hillary Harrison, Megan (Eddie) Benavidez of Tupelo, and Cassie (Sherman) Cooper of Saltillo; great-granddaughter, Lily Jo Cooper; stepgrandson, Justin (Whitney) Crane of Mantachie; stepgreat-granddaughters, Paisley Crane and Rylee Crane; sisters, Rivers Smith of Amory and Myrtle Hankins of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Harrison; her parents; four brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Rod Farrar, Dan Farrar, Flavis Plunkett, Robert Leech, Jeff Lann and Nathan Christian.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Rev. L.R. Lewis Jr.
IUKA – The Rev. L.R. Lewis Jr., 77, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Campground Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Edna Irene Snider, 93, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Fred B. Comer
TUPELO – Fred B. Comer, 80, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness.
A life celebration service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church with private burial in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time on Thursday only at the Gathering Room at Wesley United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Building for the Future Fund, P.O. Box 2434, Tupelo, MS 38803; Women First Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38804; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Billy Ray Roberts
PONTOTOC – Billy Ray Roberts, 69, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County after a long illness. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He loved trading guns and showing off his gun collection.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Joey Swords will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Peggy; daughter, Cathy Hardin (Bim); two sons, Jimmy Lee Roberts (Debra) and Bill Roberts (Kristie); sister, Jennie Lou Newell, all of Pontotoc; brother, Grady Roberts of Gulfport; mother-in-law, Polly Gillespie of Pontotoc; brother-in-law, Randy Gillespie of Grenada; two sisters-in-law, Robyn Gillespie and Brenda Roberts of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, Thomas Pennington, Tonya Criddle, Nikki Dobbins, Brandie Tutor, Chris Roberts, Chris Pickens, Lakan Roberts, Whitney Roberts and Patrick Roberts, all of Pontotoc; three stepgrandchildren, Brandy Jumper, Bridgett Hardin and Austin Hardin; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Hazel Roberts; his grandparents, James and Essie Roberts, and Earck and Offie Enis; his father-in-law, James Gillespie; two brothers-in-law, Van Gillespie and Carl Russell Newell.
Pallbearers will be Randy Gillespie, Nic Gillespie, Thomas Pennington, Chris Roberts, Chris Pickens and Justin Criddle. Patrick Roberts will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Harold Howell, 83, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Banner to Dexter and Uvee Spradlin Howell. He was a retired employee of the Farmers Home Administration and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Tiplersville. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer Howell Estes (Joe E.) of Blue Mountain; two sons, Todd Howell (special friend, Pam Brackett) of Blue Mountain and Jimmy Hopper (Pat) of Ripley; seven grandchildren, Luke Estes, Kinley Howell, Kolby Howell, Amy Adams, Ed Hopper, Cody Hopper and Tonya Hill; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Smith Howell; his parents; and a son, Eddie Marshall Hopper.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Wilkerson, Paul Bondreaux, Earl Bell, Eddie Conner, Bart Adams and Randy Bateman. Honorary pallbearers will be James Huddleston, Leland Mauney, Frank Humphrey, Walter Johnson and Billy Nance.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Alton E. Elrod, 66, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Russellville, Ala., hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hackleburg First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Cedar Tree Cemetery. Akins Funeral Home of Russellville is in charge.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Jeania Rae Nash
TISHOMINGO – Jeania Rae Nash, 81, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was born July 9, 1931, in Tishomingo County. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell and a member of Tishomingo United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tishomingo United Methodist Church with Bro. Tim Hankins and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two daughters, Diane Pruitt of Tishomingo and Mickie Gatlin of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Phyllis Goddard (Danny), Grant Gatlin and Drew Gatlin; one great-grandson, Tyler Goddard; one great-great-grandson, Colt Owens; and one brother, Billy “Bud” Parrish of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Roy Nash; her parents, Fred Lawrence Parrish and Ottie Deaton Parrish; and two sons-in-law, Tommy Gatlin and Ray Pruitt.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tishomingo United Methodist Church.
OXFORD – Ronnie Oliver “Pete” Herring, 62, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home near Oxford. Born in Baldwyn, he had lived in the Oxford area for the last nine years after moving from Memphis, Tenn. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Vietnam. He worked in steel fabrication for many years. He enjoyed working on and restoring old cars. A huge NASCAR fan, he also collected coins as a hobby. He was a member of Bay Springs Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford with services following at 11 a.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Fish Robinson, Bro. Phillip Jackson and Bro. Larry Overstreet will officiate. A private burial will be held in Memphis. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Renae Herring of Abbeville; his mother, Iva Sue Herring of Abbeville; three sisters, Sylvia Herring Clark of Memphis, Sherryl (Hershall) Herring Pruitt and Mary Herring Sims, both of Abbeville; his nephew and caregiver, Tim Pruitt; one grandson, C.J. Craven of Abbeville; and eight nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Oliver Herring; and his wife, Marcia Perry Herring.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Calip Houston Barrett , 89, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his daughter’s home in Vina, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Cubell Young, 90, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a seamstress and dietitian. She and her husband worked at Young’s Laundry for 40 years.She enjoyed spending time with her family and square dancing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Durwood Young (Brenda) and Joe Young (Belinda), all of Pontotoc; two granddaughters, Gale Mills (Joe) of Brandon and Vickie Carroll (Michael) of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Patrick Benson, Victoria Biggers, Montana Mills, Dallas Mills, Lauren Deaton (Bradley), Steven Young and Braylor Young; and four great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Benson, Carson Deaton, Aubrey Deaton and Grayson Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel Porter Roye and Nettie Bell Sewell Roye; her husband, Cordis Durwood “Tot” Young; three sisters, Mary Edna Seale, Agnes Stegall and Blanche Stegall; six brothers, Gilmer Roye, Horace Roye, Chester Lee Roye, Theron Roye, Robert Roye and James Roye; and a grandson, Steve Young.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Roye, Larry Young, Dale Holloway, Buddy Ellis, James Riley Seale, Patrick Benson and Steven Young.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
ABERDEEN – Kathleen Walker, 67, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
CORINTH – Robert Lee Patton, 76, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
TUPELO – Qamaria Sunshine Stepanie Malone, 26 weeks, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Zion Spring M.B. Church Cemetery in Okolona. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survved by her parents, Quentin and Stephanie Malone of Tupelo; two sisters, Shakala and Shekela Malone; and four brothers, Kenneth and Kendrez Shaffer, and Kendarius and Quendarius Malone.
Perry Evans Sr.
WEST POINT – Perry Lewis Evans Sr., 66, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point.